aaduna's return to Hudson County Community College

Moving past the fall 2012 semester's postponement caused by last year's Hurricane Sandy, aaduna returned to HCCC's Journal Square Campus to present Creativity and the Written Word featuring poetry readings by Cyd Charisse Fulton, Olivia Magdelene, D.D. and Tara Thierry on the afternoon of March 20, 2013.  Each poet read scheduled pieces and then shared additional work in a open reading format.  Afterwards, the poets responded to questions from the HCCC students, faculty and staff.

Prior to this event, Ms. Fulton premiered original poems at the Centennial Celebration of the Passing of Harriet Tubman in Auburn, NY on March 10.

Cyd Charisse Fulton

Hudson County Community College, Writing Center, Building J, Rm. 301

bill berry, jr CEO/aaduna Inc & Publisher/aaduna
This event was made possible through the efforts of the Abegail Douglas Johnson Division of Academic Development and Support Services - Writing Center, and aaduna, Inc. with the support of the Sovereign Foundation.

Cyd Charisse Fulton & Olivia Magdelene

Olivia Magdelene, D.D.
Sharing a poignant moment, Dr. Magdelene, who is also an abstract artist, engaged students and faculty in attendance.

Tara Thierry

Using elements and the flow of spoken word, Ms. Thierry took a moment to pause before continuing her reading.  She is also an eclectic performer, musician (bassist) and poet. 

Joe Pascal, HCCC Writing Center Coordinator, Joe Caniglia, HCCC Instructor Reading & Development Services, aaduna poets: Tara Thierry, Cyd Charisse Fulton, Olivia Magdelene, D.D. and bill berry, jr, CEO/aaduna Inc. & Publisher/aaduna

A special feature of Creativity and the Written Word was an open mic session for HCCC students where  aaduna contributing poets offered comments and suggestions to students and staff poets/writers.  The students rocked! 

The entire program exhibited a sense of community and caring; the sharing of poetic techniques and advice, and an exciting ambiance where support and guidance was clearly evident and appreciated by all participants.  At the beginning of the session, a student who presented her work during the open mic asked bill berry, "Why did aaduna come to HCCC?"  He responded.  More importantly, at the end of the program, bill commented that it was now evident to everyone present why aaduna came to HCCC!  The creativity, energy and moments of reflection permeating students' work was connected to aaduna's goals of fostering community, as well as enriching and supporting new and emerging artists!   

Check out the video HERE